Different Essay Structures For Different Essay Types

There are different essay structures for different essay types. But not all students know the right structure for a particular essay type. Ultimately, they end up writing a good essay on a wrong essay format. Therefore, it is important for such students to know the points for a right essay structure in order to produce an accurate essay paper. So, in case you are thinking “how to structure an essay?”, here are some useful tips:

  • Expository, Descriptive and Narrative Essays

The aim of writing an expository essay is to inform the readers on how to do something. They explain the necessary steps to accomplish a task or perform an activity. For example, essays that explain how to make an omelet or how to make a film are expository essays. Descriptive essays use descriptive language to depict a visual image. For instance, it could tell you what you would find at an airport. While a narrative essay is aimed to tell a story.

  • Argumentative or Persuasive Essay

An argumentative or persuasive essay aims to put across a writer’s point of view. It is also one of the most challenging types of essay. An argumentative essay is consisted of a thesis statement and paragraphs that support it. The purpose of an argumentative essay is to convince the readers to endorse a point of view. A good argumentative essay provides the readers with solid evidence and facts to back up a viewpoint. The opposing argument is invalidated in the body part of an essay.

  • Compare and Contrast Essays

A compare and contrast essay analyzes the similarities and differences between two people, objects or places. For example, you can compare and contrast two different politicians, two cellular phone brands or two countries. This type of essay follows two distinguished methods: (1) point-by-point method and (2) block method. In the block method, you first describe all the features of item A, and then explain all the similar features of item B. The same procedure is followed when describing the differences. While in the point-by-point method, you first list down all the features of item A and compare it with all the features of item B.

  • Cause and Effect Essays

A cause and effect essay is focused on the causes that lead to a particular situation. These essays are aimed to answer questions like “why” and “what”. For example, if the essay is on World War II, it will discuss all the possible circumstances that lead to World War II.



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